Print to Scale in SketchUp
How can I Print to Scale in SketchUp?
Printing to scale can be quite challenging. Following the example below, we will print a SketchUp 2D drawing (just some dimensioned rectangles) on a A3 paper sheet, using a scale 1:100.
First Step: Set Parallel Projection
Go to Camera Menu, then select Parallel Projection
Second Step: Standard View
Select one of the Standard Views (Iso, Top, Front, Right, Back, Left).
In our example, we select the Top View.
Third Step: Printer Setup
Go to File > Print Setup
Select your printer, paper size and paper orientation. A3 Landscape in our example.
Fourth Step: Print Preview
Go to File > Print Preview
On the Print Size, uncheck ‘Fit to page’ and ‘Use model extents’
By changing the scale: 1 In the Printout and 100 in SketchUp, the Page size dimensions will change automatically.
Now, in this example, the total pages to print are 4.
By clicking OK, we can see the 2D drawing is being displayed in 4 pages.
This is incorrect, as we have enough space to print it in just one page. This is one of SketchUp ‘small bugs’.
Fifth Step: Adjust model to screen
With the help of the magnifying glass, we must fit the drawing within the SketchUp window. Use the zoom in and out to accurately fit your drawing to the SketchUp screen.
A hint would be resizing the SketchUp window (restore the window, not maximize).
Once we have adjusted or fitted the drawing to the SketchUp window, we are ready to go again to File > Print Preview.
In our example, we could fit the drawing into one single page.
Clicking OK will show the model ‘fitted’ to one single page, as it was supposed to be on the first place.
Make sure you ‘practice’ several times, and also that your components are scaled properly to the right size using the correct paper size.
In our example, we total width and height of the components are not wider or heigher than a A3 real paper sheet.